How do you take a silent film, that’s one of the most iconic works of German Expressionist cinema alongside the Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, remake it in late ’70s and in color, and have it work just as well? You have Werner Herzog do it, apparently.Read more "Film Review: Nosferatu the Vampyre"
The 1925 film version of The Phantom of the Opera is a film which, I think gets the Phantom himself much better than some of the later interpretations of the story. It gets the horrific side of the Phantom right, without over romanticising him.Read more "Film Review: Phantom of the Opera (1925)"
The Omega Man is a weird film to think about in the wake of the presidential election. It’s a film that is as counter-cultural as it is against the counter-culture, with a protagonist who, as a character, very heavily represents the establishment, and who is played by an actor whose later life left him intrinsically […]Read more "Film Review: The Omega Man (1971)"
One of the strengths of the anthology film in horror, is that horror works really well in short form. It is almost as much the medium of the short story the way that Science Fiction is the realm of the novella and novel, and heroic fantasy is the realm of the novel. This is also why […]Read more "Film Review: Tales from the Crypt (1972)"
God Told Me To is an interesting exploitation film. On the one hand, it’s a pretty clear-cut science fiction film on a lot of levels, but on another hand, it has some interesting concepts it plays with with societal paranoia and copycat crimes that gives it a bit of depth.Read more "Film Review: God Told Me To (1976)"
I really like anthology films – particularly when it comes to horror. Anthology films let you take a brief period of time to tell an exciting, concise story that can scare you, excite you, or creep you out. Perhaps this is due to many great horror stories being short stories. One of the masters of […]Read more "Film Review: Extraordinary Tales"
King Kong is a film that is widely held as a classic of cinema – with some of the iconic monster photography in cinema. It is a film whose visual effects have held up very, very well, but narratively hasn’t held up quite as much.Read more "Film Review: King Kong (1933)"